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11 Beauty Product Organization Items for RV Living

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We are continuing our monthly tradition of an 11 Products blog. Last month’s list, found here, focused on RV products we cannot live without. This month focuses on organizing all of the beauty products in a small space.

It’s no secret that I am doing my best to go from a walk-in closet type of girl to an RV road warrior. I don’t feel like I should give up what I love, and what makes me happy, to fit into the RV lifestyle. I have spent hours on Pinterest trying to figure out how to fit all my essentials in the trailer.

Even though Lance does not believe me, I have pared down drastically from the picture below. 

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This is when I first moved in and NOTHING was in bins/drawers.

When I lived in a stationary house (I hate the term sticks and bricks), I designed my closet to resemble a boutique, making it fun to shop for outfits every day. I used scarves, jewelry, and purses as useful decoration.

Now, I live in less than 300 square feet, with a man who doesn’t want to live in a boutique. I had to find ways to incorporate the style that makes me happy while respecting our mutual space.

Choosing products in a color or pattern I love is a way to incorporate more of my style without using tchotchkes or decoration- having a dual purpose which, after all, is the #1 rule in RVing? Or is it just in our RV?

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I tried keeping this list to the original 11, but like with any beauty products, I got sidetracked with “Oooh I want this one too!” much like I do in Ulta/Sephora/Target! You know what I’m talking about. So, each of the 11 ideas, has multiple products included because willpower is not my strong suit.

I used as many pictures of how I use the products as possible. Instead of the pretty stock pictures so you could see how I really implement these products.

“I just love traveling and opening up cupboards to have all of my stuff fall out on my head,” said no RVer ever. Containing all items within bins keeps this from happening. I organize mostly in plastic bins with low sides.

The plastic won’t break if we have a rough travel day and the low sides are essential for short people like me. I also don’t hang anything from closet or cupboard doors. I don’t want additional pressure on the door hinges. Given these constraints, here we go!

MAKEUP

Large Makeup Case

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Small Makeup Case

In my former stationary life, I had drawers and shelves beautifully organized (yes, with acrylic bins) with all my makeup. I can thank Lance and his endless harassing about my love of organization for the fact I even have these pictures.

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Swoon. Sometimes I miss those days.

I no longer have the luxury of ample space and had to get creative. The best option I have found has two sizes, click here for small and click here for large. There are pockets for the brushes on the inside of the lid. All the compartments are moveable.

Think back to the old cassette tape travel bins that you could change the direction of the tapes to your liking. Being able to change the size of the compartments is a huge help because you can customize it to fit the products you have and your needs. Behind the brushes is a zipper pocket that will fit a couple of palletes.

I could fit all of my daily items in the small one. The large one is fantastic and it’s wonderful to have every single piece of makeup in one place. I could pull that bad boy out and go to town. I love being able to take everything to either the living room or camp bathroom to put my face on.

Both cases are great, it really depends on the size of your makeup collection as to which would be the best for you. Honestly, I bought both with the intention of returning the one that didn’t work. Oops, I kept them both.

Lipsense

Like many others, I have jumped on the Lipsense bandwagon. I mean, who loves reapplying lipstick ALL day? Not me. Because of the inconvenience, I just didn’t wear the stuff. After trying Lipsense, I fell in love and began to accrue quite the collection. If you’re wanting to give it a try, check out my girl Kira.

Anyway, since I now live in an RV, I don’t have ample counter space to display my products. I won this little bag, and love that it has elastic inside to fit each tube in. I have it in gold but am loving the rose gold and pink one too.

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Looks like a have a few more slots to fill.

Makeup Brush Holder

I am not a fan of travel rolls for my makeup brushes. I prefer a caddy that sits on the counter allowing me access to all my brushes when in use. This brush holder is similar to the one I have. It fits in the corner of the cabinet and is easy to get to.

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This three-compartment holder has eye brushes, contouring brushes, and face brushes separated.

I love the slim design, given the tiny area of available counter space in our RV.

I have read many articles about needing to keep makeup brushes contained, away from bathroom debris floating around. I’ll let you use your imagination on that one. Since I am able to fit these in the cupboard, they are safe from free-roaming nastiness. I love this enclosed option if you have the available counter space.

HAIR PRODUCTS

Storage Basket for Hair Dryer

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Organizer for Bathroom Vanity

This is straightforward. All hair items need to be kept organized and cords need to stay untangled. The wire storage basket has a section in the middle for the barrel of the hairdryer and two square bins on either side for brushes, curling/flat irons, hairspray, etc.

I put the basket inside of an acrylic bin, allowing me to keep all hair products together. In the front portion of the bin, I have hair ties and Lance’s beard care. This whole set up fits right inside the under-sink cabinet with room to spare on either side. And yes, I realize I have an acrylic bin inside of an acrylic bin. It’s an addiction that I’m fully aware of.

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This tool holder separates the hot tools, hair dryer, and brushes. The bin that it is in holds hair ties etc.

I removed the wax from Bath and Body Works candle and use it as a container. No, it’s not plastic like I preached earlier, but it’s something I used before in my past stationary life. To remove wax, put the candle in the freezer. Once the wax is frozen, it can be chiseled off with a butter knife. Any remaining wax can be removed with a baby oil-soaked paper towel. It will wipe right off.

This is a good example of how to repurpose and how I can justify buying pretty candles- I have a plan for the container.

My daily goal when using hair tools is to not melt the sink or burn the trailer down. To help me achieve this, I place the tools when they’re heating up on a rubber mat that also doubles as a travel pouch. Multipurpose! Lance couldn’t be mad at me when the mailman brought this beauty to our door.

SHOWERING

Delicates Bag

I have a cheap and easy solution to containing all shower products: a delicates laundry bag. Yep, the ones you wash your bras in. I take the big one and Lance takes the smaller one to camp showers. The hanger loop at the top keeps us from having to put the bag on the floor (yuck!).

If the bathroom doesn’t have a towel rack I picked up a couple anti rust S hooks so I could hang it from the shower curtain. The mesh allows for the products to dry out in-between showers, eliminating mold.

I do recommend getting a razor cover or else you’ll tear holes in your bag. It happened to a friend of mine. Twice. Side note, if you haven’t already done so, check out Dollar Shave Club. They send out blades monthly and they’re WAY cheaper than getting blades from the grocery store.

Small Duffel Bathroom Bag

So, we share an extra small duffel bag to take to and from campsite showers. It’s just big enough for towels, clean clothes, shower supplies, and the hairdryer. Fun fact: it also doubles as a carry on whenever we fly. Multipurpose! I love that it isn’t bulky to pack around but it fits everything we need.

BATHROOM SINK VANITY

Clear Plastic Vanity Organizer

This whole reorganization project started out with the problem of never being able to find the specific product I needed. All the moisturizers were intermixed with hair care, etc. Every time we traveled, there was a mess of bottles that I had to realign.

For instance, when we were stationary for a while I looked into a spice rack to display products. That way, my short self could see everything. After revisiting the idea of moving more frequently, I realized these spice racks just weren’t going to cut it. Back to the drawing board, or Pinterest.

What about a sectioned bin? STORi makes great sturdy bins and this one fits perfectly in the cabinet, fits all my skin care products, and is easy to get around to other items in the cabinet.

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All bottles fit nicely in the sectioned compartments.

Acrylic Apothecary Jars

Surprise, more acrylic containers. Right now, I am using two of the three hold cotton balls and sample products. The lids keep everything in place in case of a rough travel day and the acrylic will not shatter in the cupboard.

In short, you can easily see what’s inside each container. I took the lids off just to refill. The Texas one is not part of the set, but I loved it too much to retire it.

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Two of the three jars.

Apothecary Jar

I use daily contacts and have struggled with a place to store my supply. I have been using to this 30oz apothecary jar and it fits a whole months supply conveniently in the corner of the cabinet, it holds so many contacts and matches the other acrylic jars I have. 

Perfume and Cologne Bin

Perfume is a luxury I can justify having because it takes up such a small amount of space. I keep mine in an Interdesign Drawer Organizer and Lance uses the same one for his cologne.

 As a result, I can easily access all the bottles and the sides of the bin are the perfect height to keep everything contained, and never having to worry about any of the bottles falling out during travel is an added bonus.

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A few of my favorites:

Kate Spade Live Colorfully

Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum

Philosophy Amazing Grace

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Same idea, different scents.

Sterilite 3 Drawer Unit

I have used every size version of these in my classroom and loved them. When I met Lance and he already had one so, I knew I had to keep him. I like to use this label maker to label what’s in the drawers, however, it didn’t make the cut of essentials to fit into the trailer for this trip. We use this for:

  1. contacts, a strangely large collection of contact lens cases, eye drops, etc.
  2. nail care items
  3. man stuff
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An example of everything neatly tucked away until we need it.

Like you, I travel constantly. I use Amazon Prime for most of my purchases because I can shop the item, add it to my cart, and either have it shipped to my next camping spot, ship it general delivery to the local post office, or use an Amazon locker.

The purchase of Amazon Prime has absolutely been worth it. Knowing that an item will arrive in a prespecified time allows me to know where I want it shipped. With a big box store, they might not have the item in stock at the location I am going to. This has been frustrating on multiple attempts.

What tricks have you used to store your bathroom items in your small RV space?

Please share in the comments below.

4 comments on “11 Beauty Product Organization Items for RV Living

Lil

Being that our space is so small I don’t have many options. Good thing I don’t require much. My makeup fits into a little 8 x 6 zipped makeup bag (don’t tell Lance…lol) that I can use sitting on the bed. I use plastic tubs with and without lids to hold other things. If I had the room those smaller 3 drawer sterilites would be great. I might have to re-think some things. (I use 2 in the other trailer, and they’ve been a lifesaver for keeping little things that tend to be hard to find). You’ve got some great ideas Kate!! Thanks for sharing and giving product links.

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Lance

Did you say an 8X6 zipped bag? I am sure I have a new goal for all Kate make up now.. Haha!!!

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Lil

Yep, that’s it. Poor Kate….(I have to apologize in advance. Good luck with that goal. LOL)

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Genevieve

I loved reading about how you have had to find different ways to organize in your on the go life. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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